Year: 2001 Source: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, v.45, no.2, (2001), p.144-158 SIEC No: 20040751

This study examines offense patterns & victim & offender characteristics in filicides in Fiji. The findings indicate that filicidal parents were overwhelmingly female, young, & of low socioeconomic background. Filicide offenses were the culmination of excessive corporal child-control strategies, unwanted pregnancy, & stresses & strains associated with severe marital disharmony. Posthomicidal suicide attempts occurred in 10% of the cases. The findings are discussed in relation to the growing literature in the field. (47 refs)